Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pundit sees Stark side of Madrilenos' anger
Daily Mail, April 29th, 2011 1:43AM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, spain, television

MOST COMMENTED

English soccer pundit Andy Townsend's only mistake when he entered a Madrid restaurant after Real Madrid's 2-0 loss to Barcelona in their heated UEFA Champions League game was that he resembled German referee Wolfgang Stark and he was wearing a UEFA credential badge.

"I went into a restaurant and was eating when I noticed people looking at me," the ITV commentator and Sportsmail columnist. "Some of them started taking pictures and then someone came and gave me a pot plant, saying, 'This is for you' with a funny look on his face.  There were 10 of us around the table thinking, 'What is going on here?' When I stood up I got booed and when I went to the loo, I got followed there and back. A waiter escorted me to my seat ... I didn’t know why!"

The former Chelsea and Aston Villa player blamed Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho for whipping up a frenzy with his tirade about Stark and all matters refereeing after the game.

"They totally saw the referee as the villain of the piece," Townsend said. "That’s how Mourinho whips up a frenzy. As ITV were going off air there was actually a fight going on in front of me in the stadium — two men were exchanging blows. And these were the decent seats. I witnessed first-hand the effect Mourinho has on fans. I wouldn’t want to see him back in England."

It wasn't funny to Townsend when he had to try to explain to the angry customers that he was English, but his ITV colleague Adrian Chiles couldn't help but have a laugh.

"Adrian’s started calling me Wolfie," he said. "But actually there’s a sinister edge to it. The crowd were baying for the referee’s blood."

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: NYCFC Eyes Queens Stadium    
New York City FC is considering building its stadium near the Acqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Capital ...
Ronaldo on Track to Break European Scoring Records    
If he remains injury-free this season, Cristiano Ronaldo should become the all-time leading scorer in both ...
Jardim: Monaco "Superior" in UCL Opener    
Leanardo Jardim hailed AS Monaco's "superior" display in Tuesday's 1-0 win against Bundesliga giant Bayer Leverkusen ...
Rodgers: 'Balotelli Needs to Stay in the Box'    
Liverpool coach Brendan Rodgers said that Mario Balotelli needs to stay in the penalty area more ...
Casillas Booed at Home    
Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said he didn't hear the sections of the Bernabeu crowd that ...
'Perfect' Dortmund Brushes Gunners Aside    
Borussia Dortmund cruised to a 2-0 win against Premier League giant Arsenal in the opening game ...
Simeone: Atletico Spurned Chances in UCL Loss    
Spanish champ Atletico Madrid on Tuesday slumped to a surprise 3-2 defeat at Olympiakos on the ...
Johnson Steps Down as Fox's Lead Soccer Broadcaster     
In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Gus Johnson reveals that he will no longer be Fox's ...
Barca Names Training Field After Vilanova     
Barcelona on Tuesday announced that a field at the club's training ground would be named after ...
Bayern Injury Crisis Ahead of City Visit     
Bayern Munich is struggling with injury concerns ahead of its UEFA Champions League home opener against ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives